Ethics & Confidentiality

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis, please contact campus security at (304) 367-4357, dial 911, or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate help.

Ethical behavior and strict adherence to confidentiality are pillars of mental health services and are taken very seriously. Our ethics & confidentiality policy follows the ethical and legal requirements of the State of West Virginia, and is in keeping with the ethical guidelines provided by the American Psychological Association.


The Counseling Center staff is committed to maintaining your privacy and the confidentiality of all student mental health information. Be assured that your conversations with our clinicians are privileged, and will remain private (except under very few circumstances that are outlined in the Informed Consent Form signed prior to your first treatment meeting). Any information you share will not be released without your written consent, unless required by law or other special circumstances, which are outlined in the Consent for Treatment.  

While we keep clinical records when we meet with students, they are not a part of your educational record and therefore have additional protections under the law.  If you have any questions about this policy, please raise them with your counselor immediately.

Understand Student Mental Health and the Law.

Records are maintained and kept secure in the Counseling Center’s Electronic Medical Records system and will destroyed/permanently deleted after seven years.


Staff working in the Office of Counseling & Disability Services is exempt from Title IX reporting requirements.